Long Beach Island Family Photographer // Buckley Family // Angelsea Urban

Life. is. precious.

And if we don’t stop to look around enough we may miss a lot of it.

I just dropped my 5th Grade daughter off at school, where she now proudly wears a Safety Patrol belt and is posted to watch over one of the kindergarten classrooms. Only, it was her kindergarten classroom not that long ago. It seemed like just 5 minutes ago, I was dropping her off in that classroom to actually go to kindergarten. My heart skipped at beat at this realization. When did my baby girl grow up so fast? I join the legions of other parents scratching their heads and wondering the same thing. The graduates (the grandparents) are laughing at us, saying “I told you so” and suddenly the words, “they grow up so fast” don’t seem so cliche.

They weren’t kidding.

I don’t know what it is about time speeding up while you are raising children. But it is totally true. It’s hard enough to keep one foot in front of the other while managing the day to day tasks of a household, and then one day, your kindergartener is on the 5th Grade Safety Patrol.

Having been in the wedding industry for many years, I saw such a contrast on how people treated their wedding photography verses their family portraits. Wedding photography was a BIG deal. Always has been. Planning for months and months in advance, and holding onto those precious portraits preparing them for generations to see.

But on the other side Family Portraits were just a thing they had to get done. Sometimes not even printing a single image. 

I felt so strongly that Family, and Family Portraits were even more precious than wedding photography. This is life. Ongoing. And it’s so, SO precious. And it’s moving super fast! I set out this year to dedicate my business and refine my brand to Redefining the Family Portrait Experience. To give families the intentional space pause for a minute, and nourish the bonds of the family, and cultivate the relationships. To stop and look around and this moment in life, to grab a hold of it, to reflect on it.

Your daughter will forever remember the day on the beach that Daddy danced around with her. 

Your son will think back on the day that his mother whispered all of those sweet words into his ear. 

The day that your husband looked at you, really looked at you, and saw his bride again. How you will never forget what that moment felt like. 

It’s has been an amazing privilege to work with these families in this way, and The Buckley Family was no exception. This mother’s love for her family is inspiring, and it was my absolute pleasure to create these portraits for them.

I hope you enjoy some of my personal favorites from this family portrait collection.

Thanks for visiting today!

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There are only a few beach sessions left for this year! If you want portraits like these, be sure to reach out ASAP!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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September 11, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Rachelle Chase - So soft and dreamy. Gorgeous family and gorgeous shots!

Taking inventory and pursuing intentional moments // Anglesea Urban

To my in laws… who probably don’t understand this whole personal blogging thing, I apologize in advance. Some stories just have to be told, and sometimes, they aren’t able to be told in words, until there are pictures, representing grace, to fill in the grooves.

 

My mother in law died several years ago. Years before my children were born. She had a massive heart attack, and by the grace of God, it was inside the emergency waiting room where she was able to be revived. Temporarily. Until another one came just about a week later.
Steve was at work and called me frantically trying to explain the situation. The only words he remembered was the nurse telling him, “you might not make it here in time”. We agreed to meet at the hospital, about 45 minutes from each other, in opposite directions. We had no cell phones to talk during the drive. It was a very silent drive.

 

My husband adores his mother. He’s the guy that calls his mom at least once or twice a week just to say hello. To hear about her shopping events and what his parents have been up to in their retirement adventures. Not out of obligation, but because he genuinely wants to chat with them.

 

And all I could think of as I was racing up the parkway on the way to the hospital was, “please God, don’t take his mother from him, not now. Not yet.”

 

Growing up, Steve and his father were like oil & vinegar (sometimes, not all the time, but I heard stories from BOTH sides). His mother was the buffer of sorts. The loving hand that comforted the children when Dad had to be THE Dad growing up. No one enjoys the refinement process but it’s often necessary.

 

Thankfully, his mother eventually recovered from those heart attacks. And we often think about what life would be like today if the nurse was right. What if there never was a “Grandma B”? 

 

Our kids adore their grandparents. They are their only grandchildren. Grandma B is even our dog’s favorite person on the planet.

 

Grandma “B” was there for them as babies, driving in once a week to help care for them while I went to work to help us save on daycare costs. She has special cookies that only a grandma has, and even the yogurt she buys is somehow special to our children. Always a surprise in her Mary Poppins type bag, she could pull out a grape and they would be overjoyed. Everything seems sweeter, and more special coming from her bag, or at her house.

 

Grandpa “BeBop” has a magic basement full of wondrous things. Each time they get to explore something new. He ties the shoes and shares his special airplane magazines. He teaches the lessons that only a grandpa can teach.

 

As we raise our kids, they are constant reminders of how we were raised. Suddenly a bad memory we may have had as kids seems like it makes perfect sense when you are a parent raising your own kids. Perfect. Sense. You look at your parents differently. Things you may have disagreed with as a teenager become a blueprint to what you will do with yours. With greater respect and with compassion for the past that you didn’t even know you lacked. Forgiveness isn’t even necessary because grace has already paved the way.
It was Grandma B’s birthday recently. Steve and I realized that we don’t have nearly enough pictures of them and the kids together. For our household, this summer has been spent being very intentional about the things we do as a family, and how we want to be raising our children. Focusing on our Family Mission Statement, and being very purposeful in our relationships with each other. And they had no pictures! Shame. On. Me. So on our way to her birthday celebration, we stopped for a short portrait session.

 

We often forget to look back and see how far we have come. We ask and we hope and we pray, but then we often forget to reflect back on what has been given to us. My husband has enormous respect and love for his father today, and the same for his mother. The opportunity for these relationships to be given this opportunity is an amazing blessing. As Steve and I were going through these portraits, it was a wonderful reminder of all that we have been given. That God has answered so many, many, many prayers and so many things that once seemed impossible were staring us right in the face. With authentic joy.

 

I don’t often like to think, “What could have been” but it’s hard not to looking at these portraits.

 

I’d rather think about “How far we’ve come” and “How lucky we are”. And how thankful we are that our children have these amazing people in their lives.

 

This is more than a “don’t forget to take pictures with your grandparent’s” post. I’d rather think of it as taking inventory of things you might be taking for granted and intentionally pursuing them. Giving thanks for answered prayers and second chances. For grace and humility, and the joy to embrace it all.

 

 

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

 

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Playing in the sand in your fancy dress

The wind came in from the west. So there were horseflies. Lots of them. And they were hungry. So we swatted and we sprayed and did our best to still have an amazing experience. But THIS is what she will remember. That time when Daddy danced with her at the beach and when she got to play in the water and sand in her fancy dress.

 

Life is what you make it. And it’s the same for a family portrait session. Grab the sand and ride the waves and dance around in your fancy dress.

 

Even when there are horseflies trying to ruin your day. Swat them and keep playing in the sand.

Cannot wait to blog the rest of this incredible family session.

 


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Be sure to book your summer session before they are gone!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

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FIRST BIRTHDAY PORTRAITS // Angelsea Urban

It’s no secret that I love photographing children, and little Sophia is one of the reasons why that is true. Photographing both her newborn pictures and her first birthday portraits was such a privilege and it’s exciting to be able to watch these babies grow.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from Sophia’s first birthday portraits at the studio.

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

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Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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August 21, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Kathy Bryan Azar - LOVE!

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Rachelle Chase - sooooo sweet!!

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Tara - Well now this is just one of the sweetest things. Ever.

Product Feature // Custom Heirloom Wood Chapter Box

Portraits should be in your hand. To touch and feel and pass around in a tangible way. As more and more people embrace the tangible portrait experience, it’s so important to me that client’s be able to touch and feel handcrafted items that will be passed down for generations. Digital products are fun, for now. And we love to have our family portraits on our phones and spread through social media to share with those who we don’t get to see daily. But for family in the years to come, it’s a wonderful thing to cherish the tangible items that your grandchildren will one day hold.

From the handcrafted chapter box to the hand made linen envelopes, and from the hand dyed ribbon to the hand bound linen journals, each item has been touched by an artisan that cares for their products and it’s representation as much as I care for the photographs that will be showcased through them. It’s their legacy to help provide these tangible items to pass on to your family.

These are just some of the items that are included with every portrait session in The Story of Family Experience®. There is a specific intentional purpose to each of these items, and as we work together I can’t wait to walk you through each one!

Here are just a few examples of what clients can expect from their portrait experience.

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Be sure to book your summer session before dates are full.

Thanks for visiting today!

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East Coast Fine Art Lifestyle Family Portrait Photographer Angelsea Urban 

AngelseaUrban Blog Bio Footer

Angelsea Urban is a photographer and entrepreneur helping women use their creative gifts to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses through practical stewardship. Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience by telling the story of  family through personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. Her ministry work focuses on fostering creative gifts in women entrepreneurs to prioritize family and discipleship. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been featured on multiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in business. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 17 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

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August 22, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Kacey McGowan Crawford - swooooooooon ;-) We cherish ours and can’t wait to show all the sentimental treasures to Tenleigh someday!